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    ChiTDI is offline Cadillac Owners Member
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    Question Fuel pump life expectancy

    I try to stay ahead of replacements and breakdowns.
    Have managed 160000 on an 86 Brougham - Olds 307 V8.

    Do fuel pumps give symptoms before croaking?

    Engine runs well, carb rebuilt in '06, fresh tune etc. no current symptoms, just a thought.
    I think the fuel pump is original.

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    N0DIH is offline Cadillac Owners Master
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    Re: Fuel pump life expectancy

    Not really, they usually fail fairly suddenly in my experience. Lost a few that way. I eventually went to a electric pump to replace on my T/A, but the noise was excessive, so I went back. But the electric wasn't enough to pump fuel to my tame 455 and it would leanout at WOT around 1/4 mile into the run. The mechanical pump is a good piece, but being next to the engine caused my 455 fuel overheating, and the electric cured that.

    160K and factory pump, not a bad idea to replace to keep reliability up. My 76 Olds failed the factory pump around 80K miles, and promptly lunched the ignition module in the process (no idea the connection on that one). Years later the float decided not to anymore and flooded the engine, also lunching the ignition module again. Again, no clue why, it just did. These were early GM modules so maybe there was some quality issues there.

    No real symptoms except maybe hard starting or lean out when at lower rpm, then leading engine stall.

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    ChiTDI is offline Cadillac Owners Member
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    Re: Fuel pump life expectancy

    Thanks Nodih.
    I'll change it out before it gets me.

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    Re: Fuel pump life expectancy

    if it is mechanical, it useually leaks when it goes. Electrics are all over the scale for reliability scale.

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    Re: Fuel pump life expectancy

    Quote Originally Posted by boatman View Post
    Electrics are all over the scale for reliability scale.
    Possibly,but it takes 30 minutes to replace a mechanical... electrical... 3 hours.

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    Re: Fuel pump life expectancy

    It took my a while on my 307 brougham because of all the stuff you have to move out of the way to get to it. Not a hard job, just time consuming. Especially when you have to do it when it is 32 F and the car is outside.

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